With the development of new technologies and changing environments, we need new materials to cope with the stress, high temperatures and environmental attacks. It is the job of a materials scientist to create new materials for future applications and understand how the materials get their properties.
The new materials that are developed by materials scientists have applications everywhere you could imagine: spacecraft, fighter jets, buildings, scientific instruments, even medical devices and biological implants.
Finding new materials is a creative process involving predictions and testing properties using a variety of sophisticated instruments. As you can imagine, there are millions of different potential compositions. Some of these are not particularly useful, others have exceptional properties like high strength, temperature tolerance or resistance to corrosion.
What Students will do
Students will dream up and create a new metal alloy made up of many metallic elements in similar proportions. You will then learn to predict and test its properties using a variety of sophisticated computational and experimental techniques.
- Chemistry and/or physics
Areas of Student Interest
- Materials Science
- Fundamental sciences
Lead Academic: Dr Caitlin Healy - Lecturer, School of Materials Science and Engineering
Caitlin Healy is a lecturer in the School of Materials Science. Her doctoral thesis was on the development of more than 20 new alloys using precious metals in the area of High Entropy Alloys. Spending time in Germany as a researcher in variable resistors, Caitlin developed expertise in the field of lead-free ceramics. Her research focuses on the design, development and characterisation of new metallic alloys in the fields of high-entropy alloys/compositionally complex alloys and bulk metallic glasses. Caitlin is also a former member of the UNSW Post-Graduate Council and Vice-President of the Materials Science Post-Graduate Society.